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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

How do I obtain a copy of an image?

Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at



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Island History Trust Image Collection


Walter Andrews (3 May 1898-March 1979), Photo taken in 1916-18. Walter was born, in Mellish Street, later moved to No.60 Stebondale Street. Joined the army in 1916, was wounded and discharged. Married Emmeline Collis in 1918 (of No. 65 Glengall Road). Moved to No. 71 Manchester Road and had one daughter, Iris. He served on Poplar Borough Council and in St. John's Ambulance Brigade. He worked as an electrician with Bethnal Green Borough Council and later the PLA. He was the second son of a family of eight. Donated by Mrs Iris Lowe